Friday, April 24, 2015

Morning Glory

How can your day be bad if it starts like this:?? 
I'm convinced it can't. 

The last few days were a little rocky. Just for me. 
Absolutely nothing happened but I just couldn't be happy no matter how hard I tried. 
Some days are just like that, you know!?

And then some days are glorious and everything is amazing and nothing can get you down. 
But I think most days are in-between somewhere :)
But any day is better when it starts with the sun and my mountain bike!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Tuesday through Thursday I pick the boys up from preschool and we always go to the park after. Luckily there are tons of parks on the way home but there is this one SUPER nice park in the neighborhood of their preschool that has a covered/shaded park and a pond (and a pool, splash pad, volleyball pit, basketball court, etc…). We've been able to see personal-pizza sized turtles, ducks, and lots of fish in the pond and one day a dad even brought his blue macaw (and his 4 kids) to the park and Rhett was in love. He asked 196,653 questions about the bird and the man was so patient to answer all of them. My kids, of course, wouldn't even touch the bird with a 10-foot stick. 

*My little dare-devil, crazy-hair Breckie. Toes over the edge with her hands in her pockets!

We've enjoyed our afternoons at the park and I'll be SUPER sad when it gets too hot. But that can only mean one thing… ice cream instead!

I really don't think they'll be too upset :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BSA Super Sprint Triathlon

I don't really have an official "bucket list" but I have one in my head that I add to all of the time. I'm not sure when I added triathlon to the list but it was on there and now I've done one! 

I guess the Boy Scouts of America/Varsity Scouts (I know pretty much nothing about boy scouts…) holds a triathlon in Pima, AZ every year and this year the 16-18 year old young women from church were invited to participate. Lucky for me, I teach the girls on Sundays so I got to participate too! 

We drove the 3 hours there Friday night, registered, got our numbers/packets/shirts, the youth had a dance, and then finally ate dinner at 10:00 pm!

We got to stay the night with relatives of Sister Morris' which was amazing since everyone else slept outside, in a field, on the ground :)

The next morning they even made me farm-fresh scrambled eggs!

We met the boys at the Gila Valley temple for a group picture and then headed to the race. 

(That's obviously not my picture but it's beautiful!)

I had been SUPER excited and nervous about this race because 
#1 I had never done a triathlon and 
#2 I literally can't even remember the last time I went swimming. 
I mean, I can NOT drown but I can't really swim. 

But we actually all started together as a group which was really fun and nice for competition. 

I had only one goal in mind and that was to beat Brother Redd (one of the young men leaders-super bright yellow/neon shirt from group picture). I honestly don't know why I singled him out, but that was my goal. I knew I couldn't beat Brother Stewart (blue shirt) because he does cross fit in his garage just to keep himself in shape for mountain biking... so I thought Bro Redd would be my next best option for someone to try and pace or beat. Plus, he seemed really competitive :)

So after we swam in the FREEZING cold pool and I barely not drowned during the 75 meter swim (which is nothing!!! it's only 3 laps!) I ran to my bike and biked as fast as Jake's mountain bike would go!

I let one of the girls ride my mountain bike and I had planned on riding my road bike but Jake was nervous that it would get stolen or something... so last minute I took his mountain bike instead. 

I wish I wish I wish I had my road bike!!!

During the 6 miles I probably passed 40+ people and only 3 passed me... and they were all on road bikes (except Bro Stewart)!

I had heard the transition from biking to running was rough. It was. It's like your feet still want to run in circles and not propel you forward no matter how hard you try!

In fact, I was so nervous about the transition that I forgot to take my helmet off! Once I realized it was still on I just had to leave it on the side of the road. 

It took about 3/4th of a mile just to figure out how to run. I wanted to stop and walk so many times but I knew the 1.6 miles would be over in no time if I just kept running… and I passed one of the young men leaders so I was thrilled!! I thought he said something encouraging like "Hey Tyrell, good job" but apparently he said "Hey Tyrell, you dirty rat!"

I knew Bro. Stewart had passed be and that I had passed one other leader but I had no idea who was ahead of them. While we were biking I realized I was ahead of Bro. Redd and that's all that mattered to me so I didn't really sprint to the finish. I just ran it in… so thrilled that I beat him!

At the finish I saw one of the young men and that was it! He said he and Bro. Stewart were the only ones done so I finished 3rd from our group of 16. 

Later when the results were posted I was so mad at myself for not sprinting it in… I literally was 2 SECONDS from being in the top 10 finishers for women!! I finished 11th/278 women and 174th out of 1475 participants. If I were 30 seconds faster overall I could have beat 10 more people! 

But I'm not competitive or anything ;)

11th   1421 TYRELL BERNER   Swim 2:21  Bike 28:30  Run 15:50    Total 46:41

(I was obsessed with the coolness of the 'body marking' so I had to do the same pose like 100 times!)

We were all super sunburned but happy to be done and now I can't wait until next year!

Today, at church, so many people came up to congratulate me for smoking all the boys and leaders and it literally made me feel so good. It was such a great experience and physically tough so all the compliments are just the icing on the cake. 

It really was hard and I feel like racing is (obviously) SUPER physical but it's also more mental than you'd think and I kept wondering how well I could do a longer triathlon. A sprint triathlon is .5 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. I know that I could do that in the shape I'm in and it would obviously be a lot harder (plus I'd need to practice swimming a little) but an official triathlon (an Olympic) is .9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run and that just sounds like it could kill me. I could do the bike and run independently right now, but combine them AND swim almost a mile sounds a little impossible. 

Maybe I'll stick it on the bucket list… maybe not?!

Buuuuuut knowing me, I'll probably want to do it someday! Until then, I'll just be looking forward to beating my time next year :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pony Up

Everett's speech therapy school was having a little petting zoo to end their week of talking about farm animals. So we brought Marty McFly, I mean Rhett since he likes animals too and this little pony was the cutest. The horse was the most mad, the sheep was the naughtiest and dirtiest, the donkey was the calmest, the goats were the wildest, and the chickens were just roaming around.  

Haha, and I didn't even notice the guys shirt until now :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

High Five

I was in charge of keeping 5 kids alive for about 5 minutes today… here's how it happened:

First, Everett is growing way too fast and needed some new shorts so we went to Old Navy because I had a coupon and a gift card. 3 pairs of shorts and one ninja turtle shirt later I was taking this cute picture and realized that Everett could pass for a 7 or 8-year-old. He is/looks huge and so grown up!

Then we met the Millers at Discovery Park to feed the ducks (and baby ducks!) our stale bread and Cheerios.  It's always fun for the kids and I'm not going to lie… I like it too :)

We even got to see a little turtle. 

And let's be amazed that Julia got a picture of all four of them looking!

Next stop was Costco.

Are you wondering about me keeping 5 kids alive yet?? Well, you see, Julia had her baby (Beckett) a little early (at 33 weeks) and he's almost 4 weeks old already but still very, very tiny. 

So she went to go get pizza while I stayed with the 5 yahoos. I had one on the table, one under the table, two playing some sort of game with the poles on the table, and Beck was a sweetheart and just stayed in his carseat :) 

And I'm happy to report that we all survived. 

Costco is such a magical place and now I have a particularly fond memory of the food court… I got to hold Beck for the first time, right here… next to the new tires and greasy pizza!

(Look how tiny he is!!! He's like a little baby doll.) 

It's always a good day when you can not only keep kids alive and let them have a little fun but you get to eat pizza and churros for lunch too!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Photogenic Comedian

Sometimes when our kids know we're about to take a picture of them they'll just start saying "cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeese" before we even prompt them. But lately they'll say cheese while their eyes wander in every direction but ours. 

Jake decided to start asking them to say "boogers" or some other toddler potty word or he'll just stand behind me and say "mom farted" so they'll look at me and give me a genuine smile.

I will never forget when Breckie poked her head through the hole in the park tunnel and just started saying: "cheeeese… boogers… farts… peeps… poops…" 

I was seriously laughing so hard!

She is such a little comedian and so fun to raise. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trees In My Dreams

It's not Earth day until next week but our neighbors planted three new trees in their backyard yesterday. I literally almost cried of happiness because it's almost as if WE planted three new trees in our backyard!

Earth day has nothing to do with them planting trees (because they are re-landscaping their entire backyard) but I thought it was ironic that it's just a week away. I remember in Elementary school (in Colorado) we took a special trip to a park and planted a new tree on Earth day. It was totally a hippy Colorado thing to do but it must have been cool because I remember it :)

I seriously can't wait until we can plant a tree or a bush or something. I was looking at the pictures of this house when we were thinking about buying it and luckily I took this picture (from Breckie's window) that shows our neighbors existing lemon tree and how small it was two years ago:

Look at how much it's grown in just two years! I can't wait to plant a tree and see how fast it grows in MY backyard!

But you know what would be even more amazing?? A bunch of trees and bushes AND a pool! Someday. Not anytime soon, but someday. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Chicken

The other day we were making a (disgusting) treat (disgusting because we were super short on the cocoa powder) but the kids were just eating handfuls of the cookie dough. I had to document it and Breckie's picture face is priceless. She looks like a little spring chic to me!

Then I thought messy face + living room in the background made for a weird picture… so we turned it around and she kept the same fantastic face :)

And then, oh my gosh, MESSY FINGERS!!! I swear my kids turn into completely helpless creatures when they're hands are dirty and can't function until they're clean!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Double Picnic Saturday

Saturday morning we went on a hike as a young women's group from church. Sometimes I still feel like I could be (and still look like) one of the young women!

As soon as I got home we went to Jake's region/company BBQ. 

Everett and the Miller boys played and got super sweaty while Breckie ate tomatoes, grapes, and held on to her soda like it was gold. 

I think I had three plates of food and two of those plates were dessert!

Rhett and Everett watched the magic show and then got balloon swards.

Everett called it his "stick" but can't make the "s" sound very well. On the way home his balloon popped and he cried: "awwwww, now my dick is broke"… I think Jake and I laughed until we cried!

At the picnic they had a caricature artist. Breckie and I got one drawn of us last year but I wanted one of the 4 of us this time and it turned out so good. I LOOOOOOVE it!

Breckie scowls at everyone and her lips look just like that (plus her eyes and mullet are perfect!) and Everett's face is 100% accurate when he is nervous and shy. I don't look like that at all but it's flattering BUT Jake's is hilarious to me. I just love everything about it. His lips, nose, eyes, face shape and expression are all perfect and the eyebrows just make it over-the-top amazing. I kind of want to frame it!

As soon as we got home we went to the neighborhood HOA spring fling.

It was almost over but Everett still managed to get cotton candy and we were able to see some neighbors. It was a pretty jam-packed Saturday and lots of fun.